I'm stitching on bark!
A few months ago, BSP and I were playing golf, and as I was pootling along in the golf cart, I happened to see a birch tree that had a chunk of bark dangling by a shred.
I would never denude a tree of its bark (that can damage the tree, leave it open to disease and insect infestation - even kill it); but since it was presenting me with a piece of itself it had no more use for, I gratefully accepted it.
It wasn't very much bark, but I thought that if I very carefully pulled it apart (birch bark, as you may know, is composed of multiple thin layers); I might have enough to make a background for a small piece.
As it turns out, I have enough to make two, or possibly three small pieces!
This is the first, 8 x 10 inches. I think it will make a delightful background for a bird, don't you?
Over the summer, I also collected quite a lot of bark from a Beauty Bush. The bush itself is a glorious flowering tree; but I was very interested in it because of the bark - which sloughs off by the pound.
As soon as I saw this paper-like bark, I immediately thought of multiple mixed media uses - but also - bird backgrounds!
In the meantime, I've got a lot of stitching to do - before I finish that though, I've got to catch you up on what I've been doing.